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Wisconsin Groups to Hold Industry Seminars


The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and AIPG Wisconsin; in cooperation with the AIPG Minnesota section, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR,) Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) and Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association will present a series of seminars for frac and industrial sand producers.

May 11, 2017 – Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) Nonmetallic Mining Permit Process Seminar.
Member and Government: $50, Student: $25, Nonmember: $75.

This seminar will provide an overview of nonmetallic mining in Wisconsin and permitting under Individual and General Permits that includes the perspective of WDNR and industry. WDNR estimates that there are more than 2,500 nonmetallic mines (NMM) in the state that mine sand, gravel, limestone, dolomite and igneous rock for aggregate, fill and landscaping; dimension stone for monuments, landscaping and buildings; volcanic andesite for shingles; peat for horticulture and landscaping; industrial sand for a variety of uses; and other nonmetallic minerals. Nonmetallic mines that discharge storm water and wastewater from active and inactive operation to waters of the state, either directly or indirectly via a storm sewer or other conveyance, must comply with one of two WPDES General Permits recently prepared by the WDNR. Discussion will include the similarities of all NMM processes and potential impacts and the differences in General Permits. Topics covered will include new water management requirements, hydrology, the importance of understanding local site conditions, permit compliance and permit maintenance.

May 12, 2017 – Sand Mine Life Cycle Seminar.
Member and Government: $95, Student: $0 with sponsor, Nonmember: $145.

The latest environmental research and operation innovations will be shared at the seminar with time to talk with industry experts and vendors. Including presentation by Dr. Kent Syverson: “Northern White Sand versus Texas Brown Sand – Why Wisconsin Sand Is Still Important.” Join us for the sand mine life-cycle portion of the seminar specifically designed for mining managers, operators, educators, students, regulators, geologists, engineers, equipment manufacturers, and land use planners involved in siting, permitting, operating and reclaiming sand mines in the Midwest.

May 13, 2017 – Field Trip: Industrial Sand Resources of West-Central Wisconsin.
Member and Government: $50, Student: $50, Nonmember: $65.

Jay Zambito, Lisa Haas and Bill Batten with WGNHS, with assistance from Badger Mining Corp., will lead the field. The trip will depart from the Holiday Inn Eau Claire at 9:00 a.m. and return to the hotel at approximately 4:00 p.m. The cost of the trip includes transportation, lunch and water.

Register online as a guest of AIPG. as a guest of AIPG.